The stars and the moon wink to us from the black void of the evening sky, hinting of a world beyond our own, giving us a glimpse at something bigger than we can comprehend. The stars have captivated us for centuries, but only recently have we achieved feats of technology advanced enough for us to explore the endless mysteries our stars and our moon bring to light. On July 20, 1969, Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong traveled into this great unknown and set foot on the surface of the moon. How did they get to the moon? How did they survive out there, in that place with no atmosphere, no oxygen, no water, no food?
Today the kids in LBA’s summer program learned answers to these questions. The kids learned about the food astronauts eat – dehydrated meals. They learned about the space suits Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin wore to survive out on the rugged surface of the moon – pressurized with oxygen tanks. They learned about the rocket that got Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, and their crew-mate Michael Collins into space.
The kids even made their own paper rocket ships! Once they had made their models of the rocket that took Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins into the unknown, the kids made an Astronaut plate helmet. They cut a circle from a plate, drew their face on the circle, and then glued both onto construction paper and decorated with stars.
Today these kids leapt into learning about the last frontier, bounding into the world of space travel, diving into the unknown mysteries our stars and our moon give us glimpses of.